Sasha Lurje (Latvia; voice)

is a singer from Riga, Latvia. She has been singing since the age of 3 in various groups and styles, gaining experience in both classical and folk singing, as well as jazz, rock and pop. Parallel to that she was involved in several theatre groups specializing in musical theatre and in improvisation theatre. Since 2003 she has been researching traditional Yiddish singing style and repertoire, investigating secular and religious vocal materials. With her band Forshpil, she is developing a new style of Yiddish music by integrating the traditional sound into modern context. Sasha has performed and taught Yiddish singing in Russia, Europe and Canada. Sasha studies intercultural relations at the Latvian Academy of Culture and makes her research in cognitive linguistics.

Photo: Inese_Kalnina